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SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2007

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`Brewer girls JV puts up 23-0 mark

Brewer High’s junior varsity girls basketball team finished a stellar season in which the Lady Patriots went 23-0 and won the Morgan County tournament for the fifth straight year.

The Lady Patriots started their season with the Buckhorn Tipoff Tournament playing Hazel Green first, then defeating Buckhorn 31-30.

Wins over Grissom, Arab (twice), West Point, Hartselle, Decatur, Priceville and Cullman came before Christmas.

The Lady Patriots claimed the Hoover Christmas Tournament defeating Wenonah, Mountain Brook and Minor.

Coach Derrick Garrison said he was real proud of his team.

“We faced some very tough competition, and my girls took it on,” he said. “They did not seem to get nervous at all. They were ready to play.”

After Christmas came wins over East Lawrence, West Point, Austin (two times), Hartselle, Priceville and Cullman.

Then came the Morgan County tournament. After a first-round bye, Brewer eliminated West Morgan in the semifinals and defeated Hartselle in the championship contest.

Garrison added, “The girls I had this year had a never-quit attitude. They are real close to each other and they are just great young ladies. I have a daughter who is 9, and I would not mind if she grew up to be like any of my players.”

The team included freshmen Chelsey Smith, Arelee Sowder, Brook Harvel, Summer McBride, Jess Mann, Emily Trotter, Kim Roberson and Elizabeth Bromirski, and sophomores Krista Hughes, Kendra Jones, Britney Kent, Hannah Chunn and Courtney Swafford.


  • Posting a 4-1 record, the Tennessee Valley Titans 10-and-under travel baseball team, based out of Decatur, finished runner up last weekend in the North Alabama Spring Championships in Cullman.

    The Titans lone loss came in the championship game against the Huntsville Heat 4-2.

    Titan team members are Derrick Adams, Tyler Herndon, Wes Hopkins, Web Brown, Lane Derrick, Andrew Orman, Jared Travnicek, Clay Morland, Peyton Stracener and Peyton Miller.

    Coaches are Bill Hopkins, Marty Adams, Darrin Miller, Robert Derrick and Matt Morland.

  • The Northwest Youth Athletic Association is looking for any one interested in coaching or umpiring youth baseball this summer.

    A meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center.

    For more information, call Harry Orr at 355-7145 or Tim Guster at 476-4065.

  • The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for youth baseball umpires. Anyone interested in assisting with the youth league should contact Bruce Lackey at 773-2564.

  • Anyone 18 or older who is interested in umpiring Hartselle Dixie Youth baseball games this season is encouraged to contact Ken Boster at 773-2803 or Russell Moore at (256) 339-2422 for more information.

  • The Vipers Baseball Academy 12-and-under team is looking for an umpire interested in working at the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., on June 9-15.

    Lodging and meals will be provided.

    Interested umpires should call Ken Irby at 764-0034 or 764-8732 or visit www. for more information.


  • The North Alabama team from Florence captured the Mountain Dew March Madness basketball tournament among 13 teams from Alabama and Tennessee.

    North Alabama defeated D1 of Madison 60-58 in the championship with Rudy Williams of Florence taking most valuable players honors. The Mountain Dew sportsmanship award went to Ricky Duff, also of Florence.

    Other teams advancing to the final eight were D-Rock and Lakers of Decatur, Storm of Tennessee, Team Blessed of Madison, Fast Break of Russellville and Fade Away J’s of Killen.

    The games were played at Fort Decatur, Carrie Matthews and the Aquadome recreation centers.

  • The University of Alabama Women’s Basketball team finished third in the 2007 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Warm Springs, Ga., on March 1-4. East Limestone graduate Erica Moyers scored 10 points for the Tide in its win over New Jersey Liberty.

    The Tide fell to eventual winner University of Illinois 43-40 in the semifinals. Alabama then stopped the University of Arizona 58-46 in the third-place contest.

    Alabama finished the year 21-9.

  • The North Alabama Shootout basketball tournament is set for March 16-18 in Madison County. The tournament is open to boys and girls 17 and under.

    Entry fee is $175. The top two teams will receive trophies.

    For more information, contact Mike Ellen at 489-3366 or 990-7182.

  • The NAC’s Spring Fling basketball tournament is set for March 16-18 in Huntsville and Madison. The tournament is open to boys and girls 9-16.

    Entry fee is $175 per team.

    For more information, call Ronnie Crutcher at 509-1922.

  • The Magic Tip-Off Classic for boys 14 and under and 11 and under is scheduled for Brewer High School in Florette on March 23-24.

    Each team is guaranteed three games of play. Entry fee is $150 per team. Deadline is March 16.

    For more information, call Randy Murray at 498-2820.

  • A basketball tournament for boys and girls ages 9-14 is set for East Lawrence High School on March 29-31. Deadline to enter is March 21.

    The entry fee of $125 per team guarantees three games per team.

    There will be four teams per division and trophies will be awarded to the top two teams in each division. First-place teams also will receive T-shirts. The East Lawrence Booster Club is the tournament sponsor.

    For more information, contact Keith at 974-7114 or 476-0259.

  • The Mystics Basketball Club is forming an 11-and-under girls team for the upcoming travel basketball season.

    For more information, contact Russell Frye at 778-9801 or by email at russell@


  • The Levi Strauss Signature brand has announced the creation of the Levi Strauss Signature BMX team and its partnership with four bike riders, including Corey Martinez of Decatur.

    Voted by Ride BMX as the best street rider in the industry for two consecutive years, Martinez joins Jamie Bestwick, Morgan Wade and Anthony Napolitan on the team. Martinez has focused most of his 11-year riding career in the non-competition arena, becoming a BMX video and magazine favorite.

    Martinez is a two-time Number One Rider Award Cup recipient for favorite street rider (2005 and 2006).

    “I think it’s really cool that the Levi Strauss Signature brand is opening new doors by starting a BMX team,” Martinez said. “I’m psyched to be a part of it with Anthony, Morgan and Jamie. It’s going to be a great year traveling and riding with these guys.”


  • The annual Dodgeball Roundup offers two divisions, youth and open, and is planned for the Aquadome Recreation Center gymnasium March 24.

    The open division now includes ages 14 and over to be on the same team.

    For more information, visit or call Julianne Lowman at 341-4903.


  • Moulton’s Michael Daniels reeled in five fish weighing 9.52 pounds to win the adult division of the National Bass Fishing Trail tournament on Wheeler Lake on March 3.

    Jake Boyles of Athens won the junior angler division with two fish weighing 2.42 pounds. Craig Livingston of Decatur won adult big fish with a 4.01-pound largemouth and Brannon Hall of Trinity won junior big fish with 1.66 pound catch.

    In the adult division, Rabon Melson of Decatur was second and Jimmy Terry of Hillsboro was third.

    Hall was second for the juniors and Brad Vice of Hartselle was third.

    “We’d like to get it up around 40. But we’re happy with the 33 who fished,” said Donnie Story, Alabama-North director, about the turnout from the district’s first tournament of the season. Seven juniors participated, he said.

    April 21 is the group’s next tournament. For more information, contact Donnie Story at 232-7666 or visit

  • The Grassy Athletic Club will host its annual bass tournament at the Waterfront Tackle at Goose Pond on March 31.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat.

    Payout is based on the number of boats.

    For more information, call Tim Jones at (256) 582-4089 or Mike Wilson at (256) 550-2217.

  • A bass-fishing tournament featuring $2,100 in prize money is set for Wheeler Lake on April 7.

    The tournament will benefit the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat and $10 big fish optional.

    For more information, contact Elk River Tackle and Deli in Rogersville at 247-7070 or Danny Heard at 783-3025 or Barry Beddingfield at 762-4939.


  • The Executive Women’s Golf Association of Huntsville is hosting its seventh annual kickoff at The Arbor at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Mark Blackburn, director of instruction of Blackburn Golf, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

    Advanced registration fee is $20 or $25 at the door.

    Membership into the not-for-profit association provides competitive and casual golf for all levels, weekly league play, golf education, product discounts and non-golf social events.

    For more information contact Moya Williams at (256) 503-8226 or email at

  • The Valley Grove Baptist Church is hosting a four-man scramble March 31 at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur.

    Entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per golfer. Proceeds will go to the church’s youth and children’s ministry programs.

    The tournament field is limited to 80 golfers. Door prizes, lunch, mulligans and power drives will be offered. The top three teams in two flights will be awarded cash prizes.

    For more information, contact Kasey Jeffreys at 221-3925, Derrick Sawyer at 303-1033 or Jared Dutton at 221-3697.

  • The Tennessee Valley Vipers inaugural Coach T’s Kids Golf Classic will take place April 6 at Sunset Landing at the Huntsville International Airport.

    A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Coach T’s Kids, a Boys and Girls Club scholarship and community activity program founded by Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos.

    The event has a 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. shotgun start, and will feature a four-man scramble format with a $275 fee per team and $75 charge for individuals. The price includes two mulligans per person, two drink coupons, a goody bag and lunch.

    Hole sponsorships are $100 and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

    For more information contact Darrell Ponder at (256) 513-2962 or email him at

  • The Tennessee Valley Outreach Rescue Mission is hosting its third annual golf tournament at Burningtree Country Club on April 9.

    Entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per person. A buffet lunch and sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

    Prizes will be given for a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

    Proceeds from the event will help provide food and shelter for the homeless in the Tennessee Valley.

    For more information, call Jeanette Wood at 350-5226, Bobby Lang at 318-8903 or Charlie Moore at 301-9606.

  • The inaugural A-High Touchdown Club four-player scramble golf tournament is set for Point Mallard on April 14.

    Presented by Pepsi and Temple, the tournament benefits the Austin High football program.

    Registration begins at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Lunch is provided. Trophies will be provided and awards for closest to the pin and longest drive.

    Entry is $300 a team or $75 per person. For more information, call Charles Irons at 353-0927. Registration forms can be picked up at Repar Golf, Point Mallard Golf Course and Play It Again Sports.

  • Burningtree Country Club is the site of the sixth annual Wayne Farms LLC, DFD-East four-man scramble Monday, April 23.

    Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Tracy M. Blaxton, Wayne Farms 308-2803.

  • The East Lawrence Stadium Club is hosting its inaugural spring golf tournament at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur on April 28. Proceeds from the event will benefit the East Lawrence High School football program. Entry fee is $250 per team before April 16 and $275 until April 27.

    Prizes will be given to the top finishers, closest to the hole and longest drives. Mulligans and powerdrives are available. Hole sponsorships are $75 per hole.

    For more information, call Keith at 974-7114 or 476-0259.

  • A four-man scramble is set for Cedar Ridge Golf Course for May 12 with the proceeds benefiting the DDC Outreach and Recovery Center. Deadline to enter is April 27. Entry fee is $250 per team.

    Cash prizes will go to the top 5 teams.

    For more information, contact the Cedar Ridge Golf Course at 353-4653 or DDC at 350-0615.


  • Level 10 and Level 9 squads of the Calvin Twisters brought home first-place team awards at the JFJ Elite Cup gymnastics meet in Hoover on Feb. 23-25.

    The Level 6 group won second place while the Level 8 athletes received a fifth-place award.

    The individual results were: Level 10 Age 14-15

    Taylor Countiss: first, all around, floor; second, bars; third, vault, beam.

    Lora Leigh Frost: second, all around, floor; first, vault beam; third, bars.

    Krista Schrimsher: third, all around, floor; first, bars; fourth, vault, beam.

    Courtney Bell: fourth, all around, floor, bars; second, vault. Age 17 Krista Stout: second, all around, floor, beam; third, vault, bars. Level 9 Age 14

    Riley Childress: first, all around, bars, beam; second, floor.

    Breanna Scott: second, all around, bars; third, beam, vault; fourth, floor. Age 17

    Katie Kines: first, all around, floor, beam; second, vault, bars.

    Tiffany Bell: second, beam; third, floor. Level 8 Age 11

    Sloan Godsey: sixth, all around; beam; third, floor; fourth, vault.

    Rachel Paulson: sixth, vault. Level 7 Age 9

    Olivia Godsey: fifth, all around; fourth, bars; second, beam.

    McKenzie Glasscock: sixth, vault.

    Maddie Kent: eighth, bars. Level 6 Age 8-9

    Schyler Burney: third, all around, beam; fourth, bars; fifth, floor.

    Rebekah Cannon: fourth, all around, vault; fifth, beam; sixth, bars, floor.

    McKenzie Hardiman: fourth, bars; sixth, vault.

    Grace Ann Humphries: fifth, vault. Age 12

    Marissa Chavers: third, bars. Level 4

    Caroline Judge: fifth, beam.

    Level 3

    Hannah Hartsfield: fifth, beam.

    Running ??????????????????????????????????????? The fifth annual Wallace State Alumni Association’s running event will be April 7 with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

    The event will feature USATF certified 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races and a one-mile run. All runners will receive a T-shirt and race packet. Awards will be given in genders and masters divisions.

    Entry fee is $20 per person by March 23.

    Call Suzanne Harbin at 352-8144 for more information.


  • The North Alabama Kraze 16-and-under travel softball team is looking for two pitchers for the upcoming season.

    Call Tom McCluskey at (256) 483-0292 for more information.

  • The 2007 Virginia Woodall ASA kickoff tournament is set for March 24 at the Wilson Morgan Complex in Decatur. Entry fee is $150 per team in Men’s C, Men’s D and Womens.

    Call 341-4810 to enter. Deadline is March 22.

  • The 8-and-under Decatur Storm girls travel softball team are in need of three players to complete the roster for the upcoming season.

    Most of the coach-pitch tournaments will be in Cullman, Madison, Athens and Huntsville.

    For more information, call Susan Claborn at 318-1016 or e-mail at

  • The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department is accepting teams for a 12-game season with a double-elimination tournament. Entry fee per team is $425 if paid by 5 p.m. March 5 and $475 by the March 19 deadline.

    For more information, visit, or call David Wisdom at 341-4810 or Kelly Varnell at 341-4831.

  • The Huntsville Senior Softball League is seeking players who will be 55 or older by Dec. 31. The slow-pitch league
    includes players of all skill levels.

    For more information, contact Ray Beverly at 859-7419 or Fred Garcia at 883-1135.

    Table tennis

    The Alabama State Table Tennis Teams Championship is set for the Anniston Army Depot on March 31.

    More than $1,000 in prize money will be distributed to the divisional winners.

    The open winner of the tournament will be declared the 2007 Alabama Team Champions.

    Singles and doubles will be played in the round-robin, USATT-sanctioned tournament. All players will receive T-shirts, lunch and door prizes.

    Entry fee is $80 per team. Deadline is March 24.

    For more information, contact Mike Harris at (256) 238-6453 or visit

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